Movieline caught up with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon in San Diego, where he made his first Comic-Con appearance, joining stars including Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner in debuting two revealing clips from the November release. But what parts of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (The wedding! The honeymoon! Imprinting!) will Condon fight to keep secret until the film lands in theaters?
Read on to find out as Movieline discusses all things Breaking Dawn with Condon — Jacob Black’s infamous imprinting scene, his Kristen Stewart crush, plans to visually represent the book’s big showdown scene, potential Twilight spin-offs, the wedding dress, the film’s rating, and whether or not fans need to see “full-on sex” in Breaking Dawn Pt. 1.
When you were first announced to direct Breaking Dawn, you seemed a bit of an unusual choice.
Yes, sure — I hadn’t done action before.
Not only that, but the idea that Bill Condon would want to direct a Twilight movie! What were the reasons you were interested in the job, and how did you go about convincing Summit you were the right director?
You’d have to talk with them but I think it was the connection to the material that I felt. Because it’s all told from Bella’s point of view, I don’t know why I hook into her so much especially in this story. And my Kristen Stewart crush, you know? The idea that she was going to take this journey, I was really exciting to collaborate with her on that.
There are so many iconic scenes in the book; how do you walk the line of romanticizing the feathers-at-the-honeymoon scene, or deciding how gory to go with the birth scene, in a PG-13 movie?
You know it’s not going to be an R-rated movie, so it’s a great challenge. How do you have the experience without having to be too explicit about it. I think that’s not a hard thing to do. No one wants to see — no one needs to see a full-on sex scene to have the incredibly intense experience that they’re making love, you know? And it’s more romantic. The same with the birth; I think it’s very visceral, but it doesn’t necessarily need close-ups of certain things.
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New York Magazine also talks to Bill Condon:
"You can play with expectations, and in terms of the lovemaking, that's what I tried to do a little bit," he told Vulture. "You think you might see something, and then you get something else. I can't describe it any better than that because I don't want to give it away now, but the fact that there is such anticipation can actually let you play with it. And let's face it, it's the most intimate thing, and it all comes down to the relationship between the actors and the chemistry they have. I couldn't be luckier than to have Kristen and Rob, who are just so comfortable with each other and are able to explore that."
Sure, sure … but what about Bella's birthing sequence, where vampires have to gnaw the baby out of her belly? "It's not hard to shoot," Condon insisted. "You still depict the actions, it's just a question of how explicit you are in showing them."
And what of the scene where Taylor Lautner's Jacob suddenly "imprints" on said vamp-baby, meaning they're destined to fall in love? "I think what you have to go for is the spiritual element, more than anything else," said Condon. "I don't know that 'weird' is the right thing to say, but it is a completely original idea. There's no question that you have to remind people that this reflects Jacob's magical nature, and not just Jake, the guy who grew up on the reservation. Imprinting is not something you or I could do."
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